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Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:42 am

Hello everyone,

I returned from Barcelona a few days ago and I think that it was a pretty interesting trip so I decided to write a short report about it. Please excuse spelling mistakes, I wrote this report in just an hour this afternoon and I don't feel very good because a nasty cold hit me yesterday. Anyway, here we go, I hope you enjoy:

It is actually a good old tradition that my best friend Sebastian and me are flying to Spain after Christmas. The days after Christmas are incredible boring here in Germany and the weather sucks usually so it is the best to fly southwards where it is warmer, where the nightlife is better, and where we can enjoy the good and tasty Spanish cuisine.

Back in October we checked some travel and airline websites for good fares, after a while we found a pretty cheap flight to Barcelona on the website of Swiss International Airlines, the routing was Dusseldorf-Zurich-Barcelona-Zurich-Dusseldorf and the fare was just 135.70 EUR per person, no question that we pulled out our credit cards immediately to book this bargain.

Dusseldorf Airport

We went by car to Dusseldorf airport and parked it on the parking lot of the long distance train station because it is the cheapest, from there we took the people mover to the terminal and an escalator to the departure level where we went straight to the Lufthansa check-in counters. There was a pretty long queue so we tried to use the Quick Check-In automats but when I entered my card some Lufthansa dude approached us and told us that these automats are not working currently so we had to queue and it was our turn after approximately 15 minutes waiting time. The lady behind the counter was not the friendliest, we got no reply when we said: „Hello" and she didn't ask us where we want to sit, instead she only asked: „Luggage?", I replied: „Yes, two pieces" and she issued us the boarding passes for both flights. Then we went through the security control, had a coffee and a cigarette in the only bar in Terminal A, and went to our departure gate after a passport control which lasted 3 minutes because the Federal Border Guard dude did it with greatest accuracy.

The flight to Zurich

Date: 28th of December 2006
Flight: LX1019; operated by Swiss European Airlines
Registration: HB-IXH; Equipment: Avro RJ-85


The plane arrived from Zurich approximately 25 minutes before boarding should begin, we already thought that they wouldn't be able to turn the plane in such a short time and we were right, boarding begun 15 minutes later and I missed the newspaper rack which I always found in the jetway while boarding a Swiss Int. Airlines plane, too bad since we didn't buy any newspapers by our self. Anyway, a friendly flight attendant welcomed us onboard of the ARJ-85, we went to our seat, placed our jackets in the overhead bin and sat down. These Swiss Avros still have a 2-3 seat configuration which is way more comfortable than the Lufthansa or Eurowings 3-3 layout. The flight was almost full and it took a while until everyone sat down, eventually we got pushed back and left a cold and foggy DUS via runway 23L after a short taxi. The seat belt signs got turned off after we reached 10.000 feet and the captain made an announcement, he apologized for the delay and wished everyone a nice flight, cabin service started at the same time and we got served either a bag with a snack-mix or some chocolate in combination with a drink. I declined the snack but took a beer, Seb took the snack-mix and a beer as well, here is a pic of the „meal":



The remaining flight time passed quickly and we approached Zurich approximately 40 minutes later, here is an inflight picture:



We deboarded and a bus took us to Terminal A where we checked the flight information monitor for the gate of our onward flight to Barcelona, it was A71. We went to the aforementioned gate after clearing security again and after we had a smoke in the smoking lounge with is sponsored by the cigarette brand with the camel on the box. When we arrived at Gate A71 we read „Relocated to A83" on the monitor, at Gate A83 we could read that the Lufthansa flight to Munich was relocated to Gate A1, pretty confusing and unorganized if you ask me.

The flight to Barcelona

Date: 28th of December 2006
Flight: LX1956; operated by Swiss International Airlines
Registration: HB-IOH; Equipment: Airbus A321-200


On my boarding pass was „Boarding at 16:45h" written but nothing happened at 16:45h, approximately 15 minutes later appeared some guy with a mobile passport control counter, the gate agent said in an announcement that everyone has to have their passport and boarding passes checked, boarding should begin shortly after this check. Some 15 minutes later had everyone their boarding passes and passports checked but boarding wasn't beginning and no further announcement was made, the three gate agents were busy with checking out something on a mobile phone so we passengers stood there without any further information. Eventually there was another announcement, boarding should begin in 10 minutes but it begun in 20 minutes, finally. This time there was a newspaper rack in jetway but there was not a single daily newspaper, only magazines and all except one were magazines for women like „Gala" or similar shit, both Seb and me took a copy of the „Auto-Motor-Sport" magazine, the only readable magazine in the whole rack.

Another friendly flight attendant welcomed us at the door and we went to our seat, boarding took ages because the flight was completely booked out, some time later we got pushed back and the safety video was shown on small LCD video screens which are installed over every 5th ot 6th seat row. I really like that Swiss' Airbusses are equipped with these things because you can watch the route map as well as inflight information during the flight. We left Zurich via an unknown runway, I didn't pay much attention because I was reading. The crew started service immediately after the 10.000 feet altimeter ping and they hurried up, I guess that they knew that it is rather difficult to serve everyone a drink and snack with just three flight attendants on a fully booked A321with a flight time of only 1 hour and 20 minutes. Everyone in Economy Class got an utterly disgusting cheese sandwich and a drink, we chose beer because hard booze was not available, in fact I was wondering about the small selection of drinks, there was no tomato or apple juice, no Fanta, Sprite or Ginger Ale, and -- as mentioned before -- no hard booze. Also disappointing that they didn't serve the good tasting „Feldschloesschen" beer from Switzerland, there was only Heineken available. Many people in the rows in front and behind us were surprised about the poor selection of drinks and food, some asked: „Do you also have ham sandwiches", others asked for a Fanta, a Gin Tonic, or an apple juice but the flight attendant had to apologize every time with the remark: „Sorry, not available". The remaining flight was uneventful and we touched down in Barcelona with a nice delay, we took a taxi to our hotel after clearing immigration and after picking up our luggage from the baggage claim. We had to wait there for approximately 20 minutes, 20 minutes which we could have used more useful when there had not been this utterly ridiculous „No liquids over 100ml in the cabin luggage" rule.

Our stay in Barcelona

The taxi dropped us off at the hotel entrance, I paid the driver, got out of the car and saw that a bellboy was already walking towards us, he welcomed us, took the luggage, assisted us during check-in and brought us to our room, he did it with so much friendliness and enthusiasm that I gave him 5 EUR tip. The hotel room was pretty stylo, especially I like the glass wall between the living- and bathroom:



We were pleased that there was a notice on the table which said that all drinks in the minibar are for free, I opened it but there were only two small bottles of water, a bottle of Fanta Naranja, a bottle of Fanta Limon, and a bottle of Coca-Cola. These drinks came quite handy since we were pretty thirsty, after we finished them we went to the next supermercado to buy a bit stuff to make the minibar look nice, with success, don't you think?



Then we decided to pay the hotel bar a visit, it was pretty empty but we sat down and ordered two beers and two J&B Whiskeys, later another round of beer and two Spanish anise liquors. Guess what we paid for these eight drinks....... yes, not less than 69 EUR, rip-off at its finest. We retired to some bar in the neighborhood, it was not only cheaper but there was also a nicer atmosphere in it.

On the next day I called fellow A.netter Miquel (A.net name = Mighluss), he is a Barcelona local and an expert when it comes to good bars and restaurants, and nightlife in general. It was 1:00h in the morning when I called him and of course I caught him while partying. He said that I should call back on the next day in the afternoon, then we would agree on a meeting point and time.

On the next day we slept pretty long as usual, had a shower, sent a SMS to Miquel and took a bus to Placa Espanya, then Miquel sent a SMS with our meeting point and time, 18:30h at Placa de Catalunya, in front of the „Corte Ingles" shopping center. We took bus line #9 and went to some bar to drink a beer until Miquel showed up at our meeting point. We said „Hello" to each other and walked to the first bar because all of us were thirsty. An awesome „bar-hopping" night in Barcelona was about to begin.

At first we went to some small bar where we had a few beers and a nice chat, then we became hungry and went onwards to a pretty good Tapas restaurant, we ordered some very tasty stuff such as fish, meatballs, tortilla, mussels, sausages, potatoes, and bread:



After finishing dinner we went to another bar, it was the Pastise Bar in a small side street near the Ramblas. The bar has an over 60 year old tradition and suddenly I didn't felt like being in Barcelona but somewhere in France, there was French music in the background and the bar offered plenty of French liquors. We stayed there for some time and went onwards, here is a pic of Miquel (left) and me (right) in front of the bar (beer count at this time: approximately 10 everyone):



Then we went to another bar to have a few beers more, and guess what, we sat outside because it was still pretty warm. Yes, it was the 30th of December and we sat outside at 23:30h to drink a beer... only in Spain, so great. Here is a pic (Seb on the left, Miquel in the middle and me on the right. Beer count at this time: approximately 15 everyone):



We finished our beers and decided to hit Las Ramblas, Barcelona's famous bar, cafe, and disco mile. It was incredible to see the masses of people who were out on that night to party. We walked a bit when two black guys approached us asking if we speak English. We said: „Yes" and they started to ask stupid questions like: „Where are you guys from?" and „Do you guys feel good?". I knew what they wanted and asked: „How much?", they replied: „30 Euro", me: „Too expensive, furthermore don't we need so much because we'll leave tomorrow", they again: „Ok, we have small portions for 20 Euro", me: „Is the stuff ok?", they: „Sure", me: „Ok, give us for 20". I gave one guy the money and he went away, Seb said: „You got ripped-off", I thought the same and followed the two guys but they just went to another guy who had the stuff, I got it immediately and asked for papers, one of these guys gave me 4 papers, I thanked him, he thanked us and wished us a nice evening. Yayers, it couldn't get any better, now we also had something to smoke. Big grin We went to a small park where people sat on benches to smoke as well, to drink booze, to kiss their girls, and to relax. One joint later we hit the small side streets and Miquel said: „I don't know for sure but there is a bar where you can smoke, let me think", he started to walk and we followed him, then we entered a bar which looked like a typical Spanish bar but not like a bar where you can smoke weed. Well, we went downstairs and there I couldn't believe my eyes, there was such a cool atmosphere that I immediately felt home, everyone was smoking, chatting, relaxing, drinking beer, or dancing to Reggae music. Also cool that we three were the only white guys there, somehow I felt like in a bar in Kingston or Montego Bay. I took a short vid with my mobile phone cam, you can't see much (I can imagine that the guys there didn't like it when someone takes pics and vids of them) but it gives you an idea what was going on there:



We had a few beers and a few smokes more and sat on a table, some other guys asked if they can sit down as well and of course we invited them. Pretty cool to hang out there, watching the dance floor and chatting. I also have to say that I never, ever felt unsafe there, everyone was friendly and the owner came every 30 minutes or so to collect the empty bottles and to look if everything is ok.

Well, it was approximately 3:30h in the morning when we left there, pretty impossible to stop a taxi on the street at this time so we walked to Placa Catalunya after we bought another beer for the 10 minute walk there. We said „Goodbye" to Miquel and thanked him for the awesome night, then Seb and me took a taxi to our hotel.

On the next day we woke up at 11:00h, took a shower, checked out, and took the shuttle bus to the airport.

Barcelona Airport

We arrived at Terminal A two hours before scheduled take-off time, unfortunately we had to wait for another 45 minutes in front of the check-in counter because no agent was there. Eventually two Swissport agents showed up but they were everything else but not in a hurry despite there was already a massive queue. Fortunately we stood at the beginning of the queue so we got checked in rather quickly. We went directly to the security control which was rather empty before sitting down at some restaurant to have a snack and a drink.

The flight to Zurich

Date: 31st of December 2006
Flight: LX1955; operated by Swiss International Airlines
Registration: HB-IJI; Equipment: Airbus A320-200


Boarding was again 20 minutes late, seems to be normal for Swiss nowadays. Again no newspapers or magazines during boarding or in the plane, at least we got welcomed again with a friendly: „Gruetzi". Boarding took ages again because the flight was again almost booked out completely. We taxied to some runway far away from the terminal and took off, I enjoyed the great view on the Costa Brava:



Cabin service begun directly after the 10.000 feet altimeter ping. It was again nothing to write home about, a snack-mix and a drink for everyone, the cabin crew was again apologizing that they only had a small selection of drinks because many other passengers were asking for stuff like tomato juice, hard booze, etc. The remaining flight time passed quickly and we entered French/Swiss airspace, the Captain and the First Officer made an announcement every time we passed a famous mountain, the view was absolutely great and we enjoyed this „Alps sightseeing flight", here are a few pics:







We touched down in Zurich and went to Gate A7 where our connecting flight to Dusseldorf should board, at A7 we could read again: „Relocated to Gate A5", at Gate A5 we could read: „Relocated to A71". Does anyone know why there are so many gate changes at Zurich airport?

The flight to Dusseldorf

Date: 31st of December 2006
Flight: LX1026; operated by Swiss European Airlines
Registration: HB-IXK; Equipment: Avro RJ-85


Boarding was late again (not a single one of our four flights was on time) and there were again no newspapers and magazines. The cabin of the Avro was pretty dirty, my seat pocket contained trash of various kinds and the inflight- and duty-free magazines in my pocket were totally fucked up, pages were pulled out and a chewing gum was placed in the inflight magazine. Not exactly what I expected from an airline like Swiss. The service on the flight was the same like on the flight to Barcelona, we got again one of these 3°C cold and disgusting cheese sandwiches and a drink, and again were people asking for ham or salami sandwiches as well as for drinks such as Fanta, the flight attendant had to apologize again. Touchdown in Dusseldorf was on time and we took the people mover back to the train station after we cleared immigration. We paid the parking fee and drove to Seb's apartment to refresh us for the upcoming New Year's Eve party.

Conclusion

Swiss was pretty disappointing, I have them in better memory. All four flights were late, the limited selection of drinks and sandwiches is not exactly what I expected from such an airline. On the other hand were the flight crews great, they provided a lot of information during the flight. Somehow I pity the cabin crews because they had to apology at least 50 times on each flight because of the aforementioned limited selection of drinks and food.

As for our stay in Barcelona: It was once again fantastic, Barcelona is definitely Europe's party capital #1 and it was a pleasure to experience the nightlife there, especially because of Miquel who was once again a great guide through the city. Thanks a lot man, hope to see you soon!

Thanks for reading,

Patrick
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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:27 am

Yo man, LX flights to BCN and back to ZRH are mostly late and inflight service is cheap as you said.
But Barcelona is a great city.

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Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:52 am

Hi Patrick,

nice to read a Sabena332-trip report again! Well-written and entertaining, along with great pictures!  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
There was a pretty long queue so we tried to use the Quick Check-In automats but when I entered my card some Lufthansa dude approached us and told us that these automats are not working currently so we had to queue and it was our turn after approximately 15 minutes waiting time.

Do they actually work anywhere at any time??? Whenever I try to use them at MUC I encounter problems more or less.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Everyone in Economy Class got an utterly disgusting cheese sandwich and a drink, we chose beer because hard booze was not available, in fact I was wondering about the small selection of drinks, there was no tomato or apple juice, no Fanta, Sprite or Ginger Ale, and -- as mentioned before -- no hard booze.



Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Boarding was late again (not a single one of our four flights was on time) and there were again no newspapers and magazines. The cabin of the Avro was pretty dirty, my seat pocket contained trash of various kinds and the inflight- and duty-free magazines in my pocket were totally fucked up, pages were pulled out and a chewing gum was placed in the inflight magazine. Not exactly what I expected from an airline like Swiss. The service on the flight was the same like on the flight to Barcelona, we got again one of these 3°C cold and disgusting cheese sandwiches and a drink, and again were people asking for ham or salami sandwiches as well as for drinks such as Fanta, the flight attendant had to apologize again.

Wow, that doesn't encourage me to try Swiss on European routes anytime soon...


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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:21 am

Very nice report there Patrick. Enjoyed the pictures.

My next flight will be on Swiss too. I am now warned what to expect. Interesting though that while booking online you have the choice of 10+ different meals but all you get is a lousy pack of peanuts. Big grin

Thanks again for the report.

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:55 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
after we finished them we went to the next supermercado to buy a bit stuff to make the minibar look nice, with success, don't you think?

Now, that's my kind of fridge.... LOL  Big grin


I have only been to Barcelona once a few years back, and it was a blast! I may be visiting this year...trying to work out schedules at work. Anyway, nice TR and pics.

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:06 am

Thanks for your replies, guys!

Quoting DALelite (Reply 1):
But Barcelona is a great city.

Without any doubt, it is definitely high on my "coolest cities of the world" list.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
nice to read a Sabena332-trip report again!

At first I only wanted to write a Barcelona nightlife report for the Non Aviation Forum but then I decided to make a real trip report out of it since Seb had a few inflight pics left.  Wink

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well-written and entertaining, along with great pictures!

Thanks, I am glad that you like it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Do they actually work anywhere at any time???

I never had any problems with them in the past but the Miles&More account statement printer don't like me, they always swallow my M&M card when I insert it.  Silly

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Wow, that doesn't encourage me to try Swiss on European routes anytime soon...

The sandwich and the selection of drinks were a joke for an airline like Swiss but it was not the end of the world since the flights were pretty short. I also have to say that the flight and cabin crews did a fantastic job, the flight crews provided us with interesting facts during the flights and the cabin crews were totally friendly all the time.

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 3):
Very nice report there Patrick. Enjoyed the pictures.

Thanks, Thomas! I am glad that you like it!

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 3):
My next flight will be on Swiss too.

I saw it in your signature line. Romania, eh? Sounds interesting, I hope to see a trip report!

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 3):
Interesting though that while booking online you have the choice of 10+ different meals but all you get is a lousy pack of peanuts.

Indeed pretty funny! Big grin

Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 4):
Now, that's my kind of fridge.... LOL

There is nothing better than a fridge full of beer. Big grin

By the way, here is a pic of the fridge when we left:



...and here is a pic of the trash can with all the empty cans:



I will not know how many beers we drunk within these four days.  rotfl 

Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 4):
I may be visiting this year...trying to work out schedules at work.

Go for it, it is a fantastic city and you won't be dissapointed.

Quoting Mack8994 (Reply 4):
Anyway, nice TR and pics.

Thank you, Greg! Nice to hear that!

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:33 am

I liked your trip report, but may I please offer the suggestion to leave out smoking experiences next time! Thanks!
 
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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On S

Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:54 am

Quoting Air380 (Reply 6):
I liked your trip report

Thanks!

Quoting Air380 (Reply 6):
but may I please offer the suggestion to leave out smoking experiences next time!

No.

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:11 pm

Excellent read.

Thanks for keeping me occupied in the ramp office!!!

The weather looked chilly, yes?
 
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Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:46 pm

Nice report Patrick!!.

Seems that once again you had a great time in my country  Big grin

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:49 pm

Great report Patrick.
Sounds like tons of fun.
No wonder it took you this long to recover.  Wink

Quoting FXramper (Reply 8):
The weather looked chilly, yes?

I will be interested to know too.



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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:53 pm

Hi again Patrick!

Here I am again... at work! I'm happy you liked Barcelona again (well, I didn't had any doubt!), I'm very proud of my city, and always happy to show it!

It was some kind of a "remember tour" for me, as I don't come down to the city center very often these days... well, in fact finally someone hijacked me the next day, to go out and celebrate the new year in a bar very near the first one we had been. (30-EUR-free-bar-all-night-everybody-drunk-there kind).

Liked the picture of the fridge!, in my old flat, we had an extra fridge in the livingroom, and it was not very different than yours... hehehe!

Well, maybe the next time we can see each other in Germany, when I come here to try the autobahn  , but anyway come anytime you want again!

Cheers!

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On S

Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:06 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 5):

By the way, here is a pic of the fridge when we left:

Nice to see all those horrid Mountain Dews untouched.  vomit 

I love seeing beers from different countries! How were the beers?
 
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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:44 am

Thanks a lot for your replies, guys!

Quoting FXramper (Reply 8):
The weather looked chilly, yes?

The weather was very good actually, during the day the temperatures hit 20°C (68°F) and went down to approx. 14°C (57°F) in the evening. I enjoyed the weather very much, nothing better than sitting outside in the afternoon to have a few Tapas with a beer and a good coffee afterwards.

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 9):
Seems that once again you had a great time in my country

It was awesome as always. I really like Spain and I can't wait for my next visit!

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 9):
Drop me a message if you decide to come to Madrid sometime!!.

I will definitely do that, Alfonso!

Quoting FOMEA (Reply 10):
Sounds like tons of fun.

We had real fun, I will always remember this awesome "bar-hopping" night. I am a big friend of nightlife and bars thus I really enjoyed it!

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 11):
Here I am again... at work!

Really too bad that the fun days are over and that the everyday life started again today. But I can imagine that my liver is thankful for that. Big grin

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 11):
I'm very proud of my city

And you have a good reason for that! Barcelona is such a beautiful city!

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 11):
well, in fact finally someone hijacked me the next day, to go out and celebrate the new year in a bar very near the first one we had been. (30-EUR-free-bar-all-night-everybody-drunk-there kind).

Damn, why didn't we stay one day longer? 30 EUR and unlimited drinks sounds like a very, very good deal for me! Big grin

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 11):

Well, maybe the next time we can see each other in Germany, when I come here to try the autobahn

Just drop me an eMail or a SMS when you are planning to come, you are more than welcome here! But you should wait until April or even May when the weather gets better.

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 11):
but anyway come anytime you want again!

Thanks Miquel, we will come back, so much is for sure! I would really like to come during the football season next time, watching the FC Barcelona at Nou Camp - Europe's biggest football stadium - was always a dream of me. I would also like to watch a bullfight but we saw that the arena at Placa Espanya is currently under heavy renovation.

Thanks a lot again for showing us around, we enjoyed it very much!

Quoting Lostmoon744 (Reply 12):
Nice to see all those horrid Mountain Dews untouched.

Come on, Mountain Dew is a pretty cool drink, I am glad that it was available in Spain. We didn't left the cans there but brought them to Germany, one of them is still in my fridge.

Quoting Lostmoon744 (Reply 12):
I love seeing beers from different countries! How were the beers?

Spanish beers belong to the best in the world in my opinion, there is not a single bad tasting Spanish beer and I drunk a lot of different brands.

A short overview:

The most famous is probably San Miguel but we drunk a lot Estrella Damm because it is brewed in Barcelona and available on almost every corner. Another Spanish beer that I like is Cruzcampo from Andalusia, it is not so strong and the perfect beer for really hot days. Mahou is also a classic, Seb and me always drunk it while spending some time in the Alicante area a few years ago. A new Spanish beer brand for me was Moritz, we drunk it in the Tapas bar (see picture above) and afterwards in the Pastise Bar, it was tasting very good from the tab but also from the bottle.

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:47 am

Great report Patrick, thanks!  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
there was no tomato or apple juice, no Fanta, Sprite or Ginger Ale, and -- as mentioned before -- no hard booze

- Its a shame LX have dropped so far service wise, don't EZY have a better selection?

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
These drinks came quite handy since we were pretty thirsty, after we finished them we went to the next supermercado to buy a bit stuff to make the minibar look nice, with success, don't you think?

- Like it, that's the kind of thing I do  Smile

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RE: Booze, Bars, Barcelona - A Post Xmas Trip On Swiss

Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:37 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
Great report Patrick, thanks!

Thanks, I'm glad that you like it!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
- Its a shame LX have dropped so far service wise

They used to be one of my favourite airlines but unfortunately they have become almost as worse as this Lufthansa garbage. Next time I'll fly on British Airways which seems to be the only decent European airline nowadays.

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:13 am

Thanks for a good read during my lunch.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
135.70 EUR per person

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Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:20 am

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 16):
Thanks for a good read during my lunch.

Thanks for your reply, Andy, I am glad that you like the report!

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 16):
 thumbsup   Wow!

That was a real bargain, eh? I believe the fare for each flight was just 6.50 EUR excluding taxes and fees.

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Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:38 am

Great report with some excellent pictures. I have not had a chance to fly Swiss yet but it does not look like I am missing much, at least within Europe. I remember flying a SAAB 2000 on a 45 min flight between ZRH and FRA and getting an abundance of choice not only in drinks, but in sandwiches as well with second and third rounds. I guess those days are long gone.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
All four flights were late, the limited selection of drinks and sandwiches is not exactly what I expected from such an airline.

Shame it has come down to this.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
On the other hand were the flight crews great, they provided a lot of information during the flight.

Good to know some things never change.

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Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:11 pm

I would really love to visit Barcelona...well some day. To think they speak another language. Since Im learning spanish Ill stick to going to Madrid.

Nice report!!
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:26 am

Hey Patrick - looks like you enjoyed your trip... Big grin

Out of curiosity, what hotel did you guys stay at? We're considering a trip to Barcelona sometime in the next few months, so I probably could use a couple of recommendations...  Wink

As for LX - strange, I usually enjoy my flights with them, then again my main comparison for my regular FRA-ZRH flights with them is the same one on LH... and on that comparison, LX wins by far. Also strange about those gate changes - haven't had a single one on all my flights out of ZRH last year, and almost all of my flights were on time... and the sandwiches I was offered were quite tasty... strange...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Do they actually work anywhere at any time??? Whenever I try to use them at MUC I encounter problems more or less.

LH seems to have changed some part of the software, around the time that they finally enabled seat-selection through their online checkin system; I had to walk to one of those damn counters three times in one week (each time with an early morning departure with FRA overcrowded as hell) because the checkin never finished all the way... it was extremely annoying.

But other than that, I always use them - and have not experienced any problems with them.

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Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:54 am

Thanks again for the replies, guys!

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 18):
I remember flying a SAAB 2000 on a 45 min flight between ZRH and FRA and getting an abundance of choice not only in drinks, but in sandwiches as well with second and third rounds. I guess those days are long gone.

I also remember a ZRH-DUS flight on an ERJ-145 in March or April 2003, I was in Economy Class as well but I had the choice between two sandwiches and hard booze was also available back then, I know for sure that I had a Gin-Tonic and a beer with the (good tasting) sandwich. I was really surprised when I saw how much the service dropped.

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 19):
Since Im learning spanish Ill stick to going to Madrid.

You should also consider other Spanish cities, I am a big fan of the Alicante area, I spent some time there from December 1999 till January 2000 and I enjoyed it very much. Actually I enjoyed every trip to Spain so far but I have to say that I prefer the mainland over the islands.

Quoting Leskova (Reply 20):
Out of curiosity, what hotel did you guys stay at?

We stayed in the Prestige Congress Hotel, I can recommend it because:

- It was cheap (59 EUR/night for a double room)
- It is pretty new and clean
- It is close to the airport but also close to the city
- The staff was pretty young, very helpful and very friendly
- The bed was one of the best I ever slept in
- It offers a free airport shuttle
- There is a bus stop within 5-7 minutes walking distance (from there you can reach Placa Espanya in 10 minutes and from Placa Espanya you can reach every part of Barcelona by bus or underground).
- There is a huge shopping mall within 10 minutes walking distance (it was nice to spent an hour there in the afternoon to walk around and to drink a coffee)
- There is a small village with countless bars and shops within 15 minutes walking distance, we found two very good Tapas bars there

The only disadvantage was the huge constuction side next to the hotel, there was no loud noise though.

Here are two more pictures of the hotel:

My bed (photographed by coincidence while checking something on the camera):



The rest of the bathroom (a huge shower on the right, toilette with phone straight ahead):



Quoting Leskova (Reply 20):
Also strange about those gate changes - haven't had a single one on all my flights out of ZRH last year

I was totally wondering about this, in fact I find it outrageous to send passengers to Gate 80-something just to display "Relocated to Gate A1" on the monitor above the gate counter.

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Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:31 am

Great report Patrick!

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
to buy a bit stuff to make the minibar look nice, with success, don't you think?

Sure looks nice. Big grin

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Swiss was pretty disappointing, I have them in better memory.

LX was also very disappointing when I flew SIN-BKK-SIN, especially the BKK-SIN leg in C.

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Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:45 am

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 22):
Great report Patrick!

Thanks, Lari!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 22):
LX was also very disappointing when I flew SIN-BKK-SIN, especially the BKK-SIN leg in C.

Too bad that the service also dropped in Biz Class.

Maybe Craphansa ordered a belt-tightening since they are the boss now? Anyway, this shows once again that Lufthansa and their ilk are the last garbage!

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Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:54 pm

Patrick , the next time you'll go to BCN you will have to visit the Mira Blau Bar
on the hill of tibidabo. Bet you'll love it!

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Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:31 pm

Thanks for the report and all the pictures.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
We walked a bit when two black guys approached us asking if we speak English. We said: „Yes" and they started to ask stupid questions like: „Where are you guys from?" and „Do you guys feel good?". I knew what they wanted and asked: „How much?", they replied: „30 Euro", me: „Too expensive, furthermore don't we need so much because we'll leave tomorrow", they again: „Ok, we have small portions for 20 Euro", me: „Is the stuff ok?", they: „Sure", me: „Ok, give us for 20". I gave one guy the money and he went away, Seb said: „You got ripped-off", I thought the same and followed the two guys but they just went to another guy who had the stuff, I got it immediately and asked for papers, one of these guys gave me 4 papers, I thanked him, he thanked us and wished us a nice evening. Yayers, it couldn't get any better, now we also had something to smoke.

Seems like everywhere people English, especially if they are trying to sell things to the tourists. Another reason for everyone to learn English.
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Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:28 am

Quoting DALelite (Reply 24):
Mira Blau Bar
on the hill of tibidabo.

Hehehe! one of my favorite bars in Barcelona, but without car, is very difficult to go there...

Big version: Width: 600 Height: 400 File size: 126kb


View of Barcelona from Mirablau...  

[Edited 2007-01-18 17:34:39]
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Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:09 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 17):
That was a real bargain, eh? I believe the fare for each flight was just 6.50 EUR excluding taxes and fees.

Sounds like a JetsGo flight i took a few years back YYZ - YVR $25 !! wow

I think all in all you guys over there get better deals than us.  cry   Wink

Now if i could get one like that to Munich this May !!
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Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:16 am

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 26):
View of Barcelona from Mirablau...

Mighluss, thanks for posting this wonderful pic. i was searching the web for a picture but didn't find nothing.
while being there i wasn't even thinking of taking pictures for i was so stunned
by the view and the georgeus bar enviroment!

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Mon Jan 22, 2007 2:13 am

Hi guys!

Quoting DALelite (Reply 24):
Patrick , the next time you'll go to BCN you will have to visit the Mira Blau Bar
on the hill of tibidabo. Bet you'll love it!

Thanks for the tip, Markus! Miquel already told us about the bar but it is a bit complicated to get there without a car.

Quoting BNE (Reply 25):
Seems like everywhere people English, especially if they are trying to sell things to the tourists.

The best was the Reagge bar we went to, everyone was speaking English there, but no wonder, all the guys came from West African countries or from the Caribbean.

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 26):
View of Barcelona from Mirablau...

Awesome view, we must go there next time when we're in Barcelona!

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 27):
I think all in all you guys over there get better deals than us.

The air fares in the USA/Canada are not bad either, I made plenty of good deals there already.

Patrick

[Edited for spelling mistakes, looks like the weekend was a bit too hard, again Big grin]

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Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:18 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Swiss was pretty disappointing, I have them in better memory.

Not me. Swiss Air was nice, Crossair even better (at least in my book), but Swiss has always been mediocre.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Do they actually work anywhere at any time??? Whenever I try to use them at MUC I encounter problems more or less.

Yes, I have never had problems finding one that's working ok. If one doesn't, the next one will. Those BA check-in thingies are a different story, though.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 21):
toilette with phone

 rotfl  "Hello ... yes, it's me ... *fart* ..."

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 26):
View of Barcelona from Mirablau... �

Breathtaking! I hope you don't mind I downloaded a copy.

I have been to Barcelona a couple of times, and yes, is one of Europe's top-cities - no doubt about it.
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Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:25 am

Thanks for your reply!

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 30):
Not me. Swiss Air was nice, Crossair even better (at least in my book), but Swiss has always been mediocre.

I've never flown on Swissair or Crossair. I almost flew on Swissair but somehow I ended up on Delta Air Lines instead because it wasn't possible for the travel agency employee to combine Sabena, Delta, and Swissair flights while issuing a ticket for the cheapest (student) fare.

Oh God, now I remember again how cheap plane tickets were back in the year 1999, I...errr.... my parents paid 819 German Mark for my ticket with the routing DUS-BRU-ATL-SFO and LAX-JFK-BRU-DUS. I would say that it is impossible nowadays to fly for ~420 EUR to the West Coast and back while making two stops on both way.  Sad

Swiss was very good on all my previous flights some years ago. I had three short-haul flights on them and one long-haul flight. The service on the long-haul flight (DXB-ZRH) was simply outstanding, I spent some time in the galley while chatting with the flight attendants, an hour or so later I returned back to my seat, suddenly appeared one flight attendant next to me and asked if I prefer to watch a movie or if I want to sleep, I replied that I want to watch a movie, she said: "Ok" and went back to the galley, then she came again with a can of beer and two packs of peanuts.  thumbsup  I’ve never received such a friendly, attentive, and personal service in any other Economy Class.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 30):
"Hello ... yes, it's me ... *fart* ..."

 rotfl 

The phone on the toilette was a pretty useless feature, a newspaper rack and an ashtray make far more sense.  Wink

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Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:30 pm

Nice trip report, with a nice bias on beer, beer, booze..  Wink

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Quoting CamAir (Reply 32):
Nice trip report, with a nice bias on beer, beer, booze..

Oh, the man is back from Cape Town. Lately I got told by someone that there are masses of pretty good looking and blonde girls in South Africa. Is this true?  Wink Looks my next trip report has the title:

"Asses, Boobs, Cape Town - A Post Easter Trip On South African"


 Silly  rotfl 

Oh yes, don't forget to sing: "Ihr seit Scheisse denn Ihr seit der S04" on Saturday afternoon. Go Eintracht!  bigthumbsup 

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Love the video toward the end. Looks like you had a ball!
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Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:27 am

Thanks for your reply, Mario!

Yes, we had indeed a lot of fun that night, bar-hopping is fun as hell. A few friends and me did basically the same yesterday night in Paderborn/Germany, we begun at 5 PM at a band-contest, moved onwards at 1 AM to some disco, moved on again to some Kebab snack bar at 4 AM, and finished at 8 AM in an Irish pub (apparently I had a little dispute with the bouncer who was an Englishman, he told me someting (in English) but I didn't listen and just said: "Shut the fuck up, moron"). Big grin I also remember some Turkish cab driver who wanted to call the cops because we hijacked his taxi.  Silly

Yeah, baby... bar-hopping is great fun, no matter in which country.  bigthumbsup 

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Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:23 am

Excellent report, Patrick!

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
we went to the next supermercado to buy a bit stuff to make the minibar look nice, with success, don't you think?



Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Then we went to another bar to have a few beers more,

I always believe it is important to test the local beer culture... I had wonderful Imperial and Pilsner in Costa Rica (the locals)  Wink

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Swiss was pretty disappointing, I have them in better memory.

maybe it is the LH guidelines  Wink

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Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:31 am

Ah, Barcelona! What a great city! I went there 2 years ago with IB from LHR. I enjoyed every moment of the 6 days I spent there. It is amazing - so much history, culture, nightlife and sports (the world's richest football club after all, though I did not go to Nou Camp) in one place. There is no doubt in my mind that you had a great time there.

I am sorry to hear that your flights with LX were so poor though, from what you describe it sounds that they have dropped to second-rate. Then again, how many airlines still serve all passengers with complimentary snacks on short haul?

This was an enjoyable report to read. Thanks a million.

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Fri May 04, 2007 7:08 am

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 36):
Excellent report, Patrick!

Danke, Subin! Big grin

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 36):
I always believe it is important to test the local beer culture...

I completely agree with you. I'm always drinking local beer, no matter in which country I am!

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 37):
(the world's richest football club after all, though I did not go to Nou Camp)

I am a big fan of Spanish footbal so my next aim is either flying to Barcelona again to watch the FC at Nou Camp, or flying to Madrid to watch Los Blancos in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 37):
Then again, how many airlines still serve all passengers with complimentary snacks on short haul?

You are right, there are not many of them left.  Sad

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 37):
This was an enjoyable report to read. Thanks a million.

Thanks a million for your reply, I am glad that you enjoyed the report!

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Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:25 pm

Hey Patrick,
Thanks for the link. Really nice trip report. Seems like you had a blast in BCN.
I really enjoyed reading the report and about your Ramblas experience. The night we went, all we could see were really trashy prostitutes... lol...
So we decided to stay away from that street really late at night  Smile
 
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Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 39):
Thanks for the link. Really nice trip report.

Thanks a lot and thanks for your reply!

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 39):
Seems like you had a blast in BCN.

Yes, it's definitely the best party-city in Europe, I always enjoyed my stay there!

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 39):
The night we went, all we could see were really trashy prostitutes...

Typical sight. I ignore them automatically because most of them are really trashy.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 39):
So we decided to stay away from that street really late at night

The Ramblas itself is nice to walk up and down for one time each way, the interesting stuff are the small side streets next to the Ramblas with it's countless bars. Thanks to Miquel we could explore a lot of these bars and I enjoyed every single one of them. All these small alleyways which are so crowded late at night seem to screem at you something like: "You are in Spain, dude! Now have a fiesta!". Big grin

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Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:29 pm

Hi Patrick,

What a great year ending story. I enjoyed it very much.

Shame about your disappointing LX experience!

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
the snack-mix

I have got the same thing on the way back from Cairo.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
after we had a smoke in the smoking lounge with is sponsored by the cigarette brand with the camel on the box.

Oh yes, I remember it. They diserve to bear the title. Pity I did not take any picture of it.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
I guess that they knew tha
t it is rather difficult to serve everyone a drink and snack with just three flight attendants on a fully booked A321with a flight time of only 1 hour and 20 minutes.

On our flight from AMS-ZRH there were two cabin attendants to serve both J and Y on board of Avro RJ100. The flight took 1 hour and 5 minutes and they had to do the snack and beverage run, the duty free and at the end distributing the chocolates.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
the next supermercado to buy a bit stuff to make the minibar look nice, with success, don't you think?

You must have been their most favorite customer ever.  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Somehow I pity the cabin crews because they had to apology at least 50 times on each flight because of the aforementioned limited selection of drinks and food.

They'll just have to make do with it. Still trying to make everybody happy whenever possible.

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Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 31):
I...errr.... my parents paid 819 German Mark for my ticket with the routing DUS-BRU-ATL-SFO and LAX-JFK-BRU-DUS.

Good old times!

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 40):

The Ramblas itself is nice to walk up and down for one time each way, the interesting stuff are the small side streets next to the Ramblas with it's countless bars.

Too bad I have only visited the airport so far...


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